Archive for May 19th, 2010

May 19, 2010

Is Patty Murray Afraid to Face Voters?

by lewwaters

I just got off of the telephone where I was listening in on Patty Murray’s latest unannounced tele-conference call, lasting shortly over a half-hour.

As usual, the call come, unannounced and those who answer are given a chance to participate if they choose. This is about the fourth such call I have received from Murray and for once, I was able to participate.

I was not able to ask my question due to time constraints. Although I pressed the necessary numbers and was acknowledged as waiting to ask a question, the screener never asked my name or location.

But, the real question is, why doesn’t Patty Murray actually schedule town halls or give voters in Washington State prior notice of a pending call to ask pertinent questions of her?

If she fears face to face meets around the state, why the unannounced calls and such a short time where only 3 or 4 people receive the privilege of asking her questions instead of scheduled conferences where more people can participate?

Is it really representing voters to claim such out of the blue acts is communicating with us?

I don’t believe so.

May 19, 2010

Don’t Fall for I-1098’s Claim of Lower Taxes

by lewwaters

Progressive signature gatherers will be hitting the streets en masse soon, if not already, to gain your signature on a petition to place I-1098, a voter approved Income Tax on November’s ballot. The Olympians Brad Shannon covers some at I-1098’s income tax proposal ready for signatures.

Training sessions have been scheduled by the SEIU, who strongly support this initiative, to train signature gatherers and other training for the “Yes on I-1098” campaign. As usual, this is a very well organized effort by unions and progressives desiring to follow with the left-wing “redistribution of wealth” scheme that is slowly killing America.

You can expect signature gatherers to mislead by claiming it is a measure to “keep taxes low” or even to “lower taxes” when in actuality, it will raise everybody’s taxes, not just the wealthy as supporters and backers claim as they have until July 2 to gather over 325,000 signatures.

From a supporters site we read this initiative will:

• Reduces the state property tax by 20 percent, saving the average homeowner about $180 per year.
• Increases the small business tax credit from $420 to $4,800 annually, eliminating the state business and occupation tax for more than 80 percent of businesses, and reducing taxes for another 10 percent.
• Adds an income tax which will only be paid by couples with incomes over $400,000 and individuals with incomes over $200,000 – about 3 percent of households.
• Any changes in income tax levels by elected officials would require approval by voters

Please take note of the last claim, “Any changes in income tax levels by elected officials would require approval by voters.” Did we not just witness Democrats in Olympia gutting such a requirement for raising taxes when they “suspended” I-960?

Don’t forget too, these other taxes they claim will be lowered, many were supposedly just raised and we are told they are “temporary” raises.

The provision to prevent this income tax from being broadened to include the 97% supporters wish to convince won’t have to pay it contains no provision to keep it from being gutted, just as I-960 provisions were. Any one with an ounce of sense should know that eventually, we all will be paying it, along with sales tax and you can bet those “temporary taxes” will become a bit more permanent as our states spending habits remain unchanged.

Cutting property tax by 20% is laughable too as the states portion of our property tax now is only 21% of the property taxes we pay, resulting in what amounts to no more than a 4% reduction at most.

This latest slew of tax increases just kicked the burgeoning budget deficit down the road as the only actual spending cuts amount to little more than reductions in proposed spending increases. In other words, spending still increases every year and as long as Democrats retain control, so will taxes.

Washington voters approved an income tax back in the 1930’s that was overturned by the State Supreme Court as “unconstitutional” since Washington States Constitution Article VII, Section I states

“All taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected for public purposes only. The word ‘property’ as used herein shall mean and include everything, whether tangible or intangible, subject to ownership.”

Should this make it to the ballot and be approved by voters, it is sure to bring another court challenge on the constitutionality of it. The progressive website Publicola isn’t too confident it would withstand such a court challenge again.

Amber Gunn at the Heartland Institute addresses the constitutional aspect and brings out more problematic areas of the bill.

The initiative is not only being supported by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, but by the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU) who already have scheduled “training classes” in Seattle for signature gatherers and supporters.

Also supporting this tax increase is the Washington Association of Churches, a “progressive” group claiming,

“A tax system that increasingly shifts payment for state services onto low and middle income families is inconsistent with our religious commitment to serve the common good.”

Somehow, WAC seems to miss how historically, such taxes end up passed onto “low and middle income families” as undoubtedly the tax will eventually include lower incomes, since income taxes are the least stable of all taxes, being dependent upon ever changing economic conditions each year.

WAC, sounding as socialistic as any left-wing group I’ve heard of, also says,

“We need clergy and religious leaders willing to sign up and speak out in favor of fairness in our tax system and for reducing the disparity of wealth in our state.”

I guess Separation of Church and State remains only if pertaining to a conservative cause.

WAC rounds out their plea with, Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, more will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

I am left wondering if they truly believe what they say, are they and their member churches ready to give up their tax exempt status and stop passing collection plates at services out of concern over lower income people attending their services?

With the SEIU involved in “training” on this, you can expect deception at every turn. One of the most deceptive efforts will be to convince you this is really “middle class tax relief,” with claims of lowering many other taxes and “keeping taxes low.”

Should this initiative fool enough voters to actually make it to law and survive an expected court challenge, don’t be surprised to find out that you too will soon be paying it and rest assured, you will be told “it’s for the children” too.